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Casey and Duff had a beautiful family farm wedding just outside of Henrico County near Richmond. In a beautiful little place called Varina, VA lies Casey’s grandmothers home. Just out the back door was a beautiful arbor set up for the wedding. It was a gorgeous September day. While it was still hot (it’s now October and it’s still hot), we really couldn’t have asked for better weather. The farm was special to Casey and many family heirlooms were incorporated into her vintage inspired wedding. There were elements incorporated throughout the entire day that were things from growing up on the farm. A wagon her Grandmother used to wheel her around in, farm tools hung up inside the reception, and even a bar made with wood from the farm.

We arrived to Casey getting ready and some last minute details being put together. Casey and Duff traveled back from Kansas for their wedding. Their families put countless hours into renovating a family barn for the reception. Although I did not get to see the barn before the transformation, it was absolutely perfect for their day. There were hand made mason jar chandeliers and a wall of family photos through the years that Casey’s grandmother had put together. It was a very romantic feeling in the barn and the light that flooded in during first dance was absolutely breath taking. What more could you ask for?

Both being Hokies, Casey and Duff entered into reception to “Enter Sandman” decked out with Virginia Tech colored glasses and a flag. The night carried on with live music and some great moments. It truly was a beautiful day for their wedding.

Thank you, Casey and Duff for having me be a part of your day. It was such a pleasure to spend time celebrating with you and your families!

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I’m really excited to share a beautiful Richmond wedding with you all. I feel as thought I haven’t blogged in forever, and this is a beautiful wedding to pick it back up with. Phew. What can I say? Caroline and Ed had the most gorgeous September wedding at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. Anytime I get to go up to Richmond for a wedding, I am so excited. This day was so effortless because Caroline did an amazing job covering every aspect of her day.

When I first met up with Caroline and Ed in person, we basically tried to take on hurricane force winds at their engagement session. We tackled D.C. the best we could, but had to cut it short because the wind was just crazy. It’s the only time I’ve ever had to cut a session short. Then, I got home and uploaded the photos and realized that we got some of the most amazing shots in that short time we spent together in Washington, D.C. It ended up being absolutely perfect.

We couldn’t have asked for a better day. I have always loved traveling over to Richmond from Lynchburg. It’s nice to get in a different environment and experience new things. Their day started at the hotel as they got ready and then they had a beautiful ceremony at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The party continued on at The Jefferson in the Empire Ballroom. Leap AV did an amazing job lighting the reception space. It was so fun seeing Caroline and Ed coming into their party and see how beautifully everything had been lit.

The party carried on into the night. It included more entertainment than to be expected. During the bouquet and garter toss, a groomsmen got iced (see below!!). They had giant glow sticks that were probably more fun to guests than they intended them to be. It was awesome. It was the party of all parties. A perfect Virginia wedding. They finished their night up at The Graduate for the after party. Ed walked over in his slippers… a great end to the night and start of their married life.

Caroline and Edwin – Thank you. If your families alone spoke for you – you are in the highest of places. You are both so kind, genuine, and down to earth. I am so excited for everything ahead of you. A life of your dreams. I loved spending the day with your family, friends, and YOU. Thank you for having me be a small part of your day.

A special thanks to all the vendors who made this day perfect:

Lighting: Leap AV

Wedding Planning – Richmond Bridal Consulting

Jefferson Hotel Day of – Ashton and Kendall

Florals – Black Iris Floral Events & Design

Music by – Eric Cunningham – Debonair Entertainment

Cake – The Jefferson Hotel

 

A Jefferson Hotel Wedding

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Elizabeth Seidel is a Lynchburg Wedding Photographer,  located in Lynchburg, VA serving the greater Virginia area including Hampton Roads, Richmond, Charlottesville, Washington, D.C., and Roanoke.

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In early September, two of the best people were married in a Columbus, Ohio wedding. Meganne and Elliott officially became Mr. and Mrs. Thaxton! Traveling up from Virginia to Ohio was fun. I had never been to Columbus before and I was so amazed at all it had to offer.

Meganne and Elliott share a love for all things Dave Matthews, their pups, and so much more. They celebrated at a beautiful venue called VUE Columbus. It offered beautiful natural light and a room with hanging greens and beautiful large garage style window. Surrounded by family and friends, Meganne’s mom was the officiant for the ceremony. She held back tears at some points. I am not sure how she managed to keep it together, I know she was so proud to see her baby girl marry such a wonderful man.

Thank you, Meganne and Elliott for allowing me to be part of your day. The memories will last forever. Can’t wait to see everything the future holds for you both.

After spending most of the year traveling all over Virginia, I was so happy to be a part of this beautiful wedding at The Lodge at Charlemont in Goode, VA. Marion and Alex were so down to earth and fun. Marion is originally from France so it was a real treat to be able to listen to her family and friends from over seas talking all day. It also made me realize that my five years of French served mainly the purpose of understanding small bits and pieces. It was a beautiful day in August at the Lodge. Entwined Events pitched a beautiful tent in the backyard and everything came together so seamlessly. The sense of family and belonging on this day was so authentic and sincere. Definitely my style.

Their theme for the day was travel. They had people from all around traveling to their wonderful celebration. There was a huge world map at the entrance where people were able to put a pin in from where they were from. I kept going back to it throughout the day to check in and see all the pins added. It was really awesome. The Lodge is absolutely beautiful and tucked down a road just outside of Lynchburg. It offered amazing light! Alex and Marion had a relaxed day where they actually got ready with only each other. Marion’s niece frequently was found playing the piano throughout the earlier part of the day and that was so enjoyable. There were lots of families that came and after the ceremony everyone was able to play in some backyard games. There was one really intense game of big jenga! See below! It was so heart warming to see how all the kids flooded to both Marion and Alex all day long.

I can’t wait until I get to see them again in November for another session we will be doing together. Thank you to Marion and Alex and your wonderful families for making me feel so at home on this day.

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If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Lynchburg, VA, I would love to connect with you! You can view more wedding work by clicking here. Sterling Life Photography is now booking for 2018 weddings! If you have any questions or just want to say hi, contact me here! While there are many options out there for Lynchburg Wedding Photography, I can honestly say that I love connecting with my couples and helping capture the best day of their lives.

I first connected with Adam & Bailey last summer and listened intently as they told me all about their Wintergreen Wedding planned for July. I loved hearing about everything that had in mind, including a gorgeous horse drawn carriage. Bailey planned the perfect day for their July wedding. July weather in Virginia can be a real doozy, but at Wintergreen, on the top of the mountain, it was absolutely beautiful. It was really just an honor to take in the view itself, not to mention to be there for this wedding.

The scene at Wintergreen’s overlook is nothing short of amazing. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, it is a beautiful resort all year round. I love being a wedding photographer in Virginia. We’ve got the ocean, the mountains, and everything in between. Bailey is a teacher and I can only imagine how lucky her students are to have someone that loving and fun with them everyday at school. The way Adam looks at her and talks about her is like a dream. They are the perfect mix of a couple. Both their families and friends surrounded them with so much love and joy for their wedding day.

They danced the night away and it was a perfect end to the day. I’m not sure anyone stopped smiling and laughing all day. I know I say it all the time, but I am not without the knowledge that I have the best, I mean BEST people to work with. I loved this day.

To Adam and Bailey and all the Collie and Learn families – thank you for having me, and thank you for being such a wonderful group of people to spend the day with.

Florals by Petal Flower Company

Day of by Rhianon Ham with Wintergreen

Carriage by Classic Carriage

love in the blue ridge – a wintergreen wedding

 

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